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I-House welcomes students from abroad International, American students mingle in evening filled with dancing, entertainment American campus living. In the past there have been trips to see the wonderful sights of Tennessee, such as a hiking trip to the Smoky Mountains and a tour of the mysterious Lost Sea Adventure. There were also culturally enlightening ses-

The I-House is a multicultural atmosphere where individuals from many different cultures are able to share experiences with one another and learn mutual respect and understanding. The I-House Committee describes the The International House combines dancing, free pizza house as a place where any and all students can meet and and unlimited free non-alcoholic drinks to remove borders learn about every culture representand introduce the new intake of international ed at the university. students to UT. Founded in 1969 — the current This week, the I-House hosted its annual building having been constructed in “Beyond All Borders” party, where international 1995 — its primary purpose is to students and their American counterparts were help international students with any invited to come down to the I-House and booneeds and to provide a “home away gie, with the reward of free food and drinks. from home” environment. Rajesh Jena, graduate student in food sciThe promotion of cross-cultural ence, said she believed the party was a great exchange is another important facsuccess. tor of the I-House, as well as under“We had over 400 students from the U.S. and standing between American stuabroad show up,” Jena said, “including students dents from various cultures and stufrom the likes of Germany, Finland, Denmark, dents from cultures around the Sweden, Japan, China and more. It was a great world. success and definitely helped the students inteThe I-House stresses that everygrate in a friendly and fun environment.” one is welcome as citizens of the In the parking lot next to the I-House, stuworld. Americans, international students were treated to a DJ playing a selection of dents, scholars, faculty, staff and the latest chart hits and dancefloor fillers. There members of the community are was even a lighting rig to help brighten spirits invited to meet, study and get to and keep the party going into the late hours. know one another. Matthias Traeger, a second-year computer As the students of the world took science and business exchange major from their tired steps away from the IMannheim, Germany, was also positive about Tara Sripunvoraskul • The Daily Beacon House party and back towards their the experience. “It was really great of the I-House to go to the Students learn how to cook Korean food on July 29, 2010, at the International House. new homes on campus, they took effort of organizing such a fun event,” Traeger The I-House holds several events throughout the year to encourage students to learn with them not only full stomachs and beats still ringing in their ears, said. “It was brilliant getting to meet and find more about their fellow international students. but also a welcome to the warm and out about foreign and American students alike. friendly world of UT, which is someAnd the free food wasn’t a bad thing either.” This party was part of a series of creative events organ- sions involving a Kenyan culture night and a Russian cook- thing the people who work at the I-House hope those students can treasure for the rest of their lives. ized by I-House to help ease foreign students into ing demonstration.

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Leaders assist in Welcome Week come and glad they came to UT and to assure them that they always have someone Staff Writer to talk to at any time,” Panter said. New students are encouraged to take part To achieve their goal of providing what is in the Welcome Week activities and to take best for students to succeed, UT faculty and advantage of the resources offered to them staff must start from the very beginning of a during this week as well as throughout their student’s college career: freshman year. UT has created the Welcome Leaders entire academic career. Two friends, Jennifer Brown, freshman in Program, designed to ease freshmen into many different aspects of life on a large col- business management, and Michael Woods, undecided freshman, were two of the thoulege campus. During Welcome Week, each freshman sands of new students who took advantage of student is assigned to a specific group led by the Welcome Week opportunities. “It was really helpful that they showed us one Welcome Leader. where all of our classes were,” Brown said. “I Each Welcome Leader would never have has the responsibility made it to some of of guiding his or her my classes without group through all of that help.” the different activities Woods felt the during Welcome Week, same sentiments including the Life of regarding the prothe Mind discussion gram. groups that each stu“It was really fun dent is required to take being able to go to part in. all of the events and There are over 170 go around campus upperclassmen taking and see where the Welcome Leader everything was,” position to help make Woods said. sure every freshman – Jennifer Brown, freshman in “Welcome Week has a smooth, stressbusiness management, has been a lot of fun free transition into the on the Welcome Week Leaders and I feel more conUT atmosphere. fident walking Throughout across campus with Welcome Week, the Welcome Leaders will be at each event point- getting lost.” Students are also encouraged to stay ing students in the right direction and even showing them where their individual classes involved on campus with other activities, including the other programs within the are located. The leaders are part of a program that was Office of Student Activities such as the launched by the Office of Student Activities. Central Program Council. The CPC is the The Welcome Leaders Program is a type center for student programming promoting of mentoring opportunity for the new stu- all areas of development in students. Another program within Student dents to get to know some of the upperclassActivities is Team VOLs. This program men at UT and get a feel for how to survive focuses on community service and outreach. college, said Ashleigh Moyer, the office director. The program helps students achieve aca- It is designed to get students involved, not demic success and familiarizes new students only with the UT campus, but within their with all the resources available on campus community and the rest of the world. The while introducing freshmen to the new and Welcome Leaders introduced both programs to students, prompting Woods to already get old traditions UT has to offer. Even after Welcome Week concludes, new involved on campus. “I did Ignite and had a lot of fun,” Wood students are still encouraged to contact their Welcome Leaders if they ever have any ques- said. “I met so many awesome people. I also plan on getting involved in a recreation club.” tions or need advice throughout the year. There are many opportunities to get One of the Welcome Leaders, Brandi Panter, senior in English, joined the program involved on campus: Welcome Week is just to help new students avoid being those fresh- the beginning. Staff and faculty hope that all men on campus who do not know anyone and students, new and returning, get or stay involved on campus and make their college have a hard time meeting new people. “I want to make new students feel wel- experience one to remember.

Jessica Vinge

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Chris Ruppelt, junior in graphic design, sits in his typography class on Wednesday listening to professor Deborah Shmerler.

Park officials contemplate extra fee The Associated Press CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is considering charging for backcountry camping and hiring more rangers to manage what happens in the deep woods. Park officials plan to hold open houses Tuesday in Cherokee and Thursday at the park’s headquarters in Gatlinburg, Tenn., to discuss proposed changes in how it manages backcountry camping. The changes would include shifting to online reservations, charg-

ing a camping fee, and hiring more rangers, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported Monday. The 500,000-acre national park on the North Carolina-Tennessee border is one of the country’s most popular with more than nine million visitors last year and is one of the few that doesn’t charge an entrance fee. The park requires those staying overnight in the 89 backcountry sites to get a permit, but the reservations office is open just three hours a day because of staffing shortages. Campers complain that

lack of oversight means people take campsites without reservations, leave garbage and bring dogs that aren’t allowed. “I’ve seen a lot of abuse of the backcountry campsites. I’ve had a reservation and get to a campsite and it’s full with people who didn’t have reservations,” said Cindy McJunkin of Candler, who camps in the Smokies at least once a month. “I’ve often wished that if they have rules, then they should have enough staff to make sure the rules are enforced. But if there’s no entrance fee, why should there be an entry fee for backpackers?”


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Samantha Holder, junior in religious studies, and Brittany Tipton, junior double majoring in global and religious studies, socialize outside Humanities on the first day of classes.

1886 — Joseph Conrad becomes a British citizen On this day in 1886, Joseph Conrad, born Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in Poland, becomes a British citizen. Conrad’s father had been a Polish poet and patriot. He was arrested in 1861 for his political activism and exiled to northern Russia. His wife and toddler son joined him. He and his wife died of tuberculosis when Joseph was about 12. An uncle raised Joseph, until the boy set out at age 17 for Marseilles, France, where he joined the merchant marines and sailed to the West Indies. Conrad’s many harrowing adventures at sea set the scenes for much of his work. In 1878, when Conrad was 21, he traveled to England as a deck hand on a British freighter. He learned English during six voyages on a small British trade boat and spent 16 years with the British merchant navy. He had numerous adventures around the world and got his first command in 1888. The following year, he commanded a Congo River steamboat for four months, which set the stage for his well-known story Heart of Darkness (1902). Conrad began writing in the late 1890s. His first novel, Almayer’s Folly, was published in 1895. The following year, he married an English girl and gave up the sea to write full time. His work progressively grew from hearty sea-adventure tales to sophisticated and pessimistic explorations of morals, personal choices and character. His best-known works, including Lord Jim, Nostromo and The Secret Agent, were published between 1900 and 1911, but he did not become financially secure from his fiction until about 1910. He died in 1924.

1960 — Captured U.S. spy pilot sentenced in Russia In the USSR, captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers is sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for his confessed espionage. On May 1, 1960, Powers took off from Pakistan at the controls of an ultra-sophisticated Lockheed U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft. A CIA-employed pilot, he was to fly over some 2,000 miles of Soviet territory to BodØ military airfield in Norway, collecting intelligence information en route. Roughly halfway through his journey, he was shot down by the Soviets over Sverdlovsk in the Ural Mountains. Forced to bail out at 15,000 feet, he survived the parachute jump but was promptly arrested by Soviet authorities. On May 5, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announced that the American spy aircraft had been shot down and two days later revealed that Powers was alive and well and had confessed to being on an intelligence mission for the CIA. On May 7, the United States acknowledged that the U-2 had probably flown over Soviet territory but denied that it had authorized the mission. On May 16, leaders of the United States, the USSR, Britain and France met in Paris for a long-awaited summit meeting. The four powers were to discuss tensions in the two Germanys and negotiate new disarmament treaties. However, at the first session, the summit collapsed after President Dwight D. Eisenhower refused to apologize to Khrushchev for the U-2 incident. Khrushchev also canceled an invitation for Eisenhower to visit the USSR. In August, Powers pleaded guilty to espionage charges in Moscow and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment — three in prison and seven in a prison colony. However, only 18 months later, the Soviets agreed to release him in exchange for Rudolf Abel, a senior KGB spy who was caught and convicted in the United States five years earlier. On February 10, 1962, Powers and Abel were brought to separate sides of the Glienicker Bridge, which connected East and West Berlin across Lake Wannsee. As the spies waited, negotiators talked in the center of the bridge where a white line divided East from West. Finally, Powers and Abel were waved forward and walked past each other to freedom. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com


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Corruption part of daily life in India The Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — Pradeep Bhatia cannot remember how many times he has paid bribes to government officials. From having an electricity meter installed to getting past traffic police officers on a busy day, he knows that in India, everything has a price. The 50-year-old mechanic was so fed up with graft that he took a two-hour bus ride to New Delhi on Thursday to join hundreds of others outside a jail where an anti-corruption crusader was on a hunger strike to pressure the government to strengthen reform legislation. Anna Hazare’s protest has struck a chord with a wide swath of the middle class in a nation where corruption has become so entrenched that there is an informal price list for the bribes required for most routine government services. Getting land registered can cost 5,000 extra rupees ($110). A passport costs 500 rupees ($11). A driving license for someone who has never even taken driving lessons can be bought for an extra 1,500 rupees ($33). Traffic police will let you off for 50 to 100 rupees ($1 to $2). Even nursery school administrators demand under-the-table payments to secure a place for incoming children. “From the servant to the prime minister, every government official is now corrupt,” Bhatia said as he handed out plastic containers of drinking water to hundreds of flag-waving supporters outside the prison where the 73-year-old Hazare has been since Tuesday. Police initially gave Hazare permission to hold a public hunger strike for only three days. He rejected the conditions, was briefly arrested and then refused to leave the jail when he was released unless he could hold his protest. He was eventually granted permission for a 15day public demonstration to begin Friday. In a country of 1.2 billion where hundreds of millions of people live on less than $2 a day, the support for Hazare so far appears to be led entirely by urban, middle-class Indians. Outside the prison there were school teachers and students, accountants and office workers, bus drivers and mechanics. They sang patriotic songs and clanged steel plates and spoons, waved the Indian flag, and wore caps emblazoned with the

words “I am Anna.” The poor, who are often the hardest-hit by the dishonest bureaucracy, were nowhere to be found. “Poor people have been so ignored by government that they’re not educated. They have no idea what their rights are,” said Parikshit Verma, a young office worker who took the day off to bring his wife and 18-month-old son to the jail to show support for Hazare. “He is doing so much for this country. He is trying to clean up the political system for us. The least we can do for our country is come and show our support for one day,” he said. Manju Bhatia, a 50-year-old teacher in a government school, said she could no longer tolerate the pervasive dishonesty. “Corruption is now in everything you touch in this country. It’s gone to the roots. Every honest person lives in fear because there’s no room for us,” she said. Hazare’s protest is the newest crisis to hit a beleaguered government that is battling a slew of corruption allegations — from the murky sale of cellphone licenses to the hosting of last year’s Commonwealth Games. The scandals have embarrassed the government and paralyzed Parliament, with lawmakers trading insults and accusations instead of addressing widespread malnutrition and a desperate need for land reform. As the government has struggled to come up with a suitable strategy to win people’s trust, Hazare’s protest has prompted tens of thousands of middle-class people to rally in towns and cities across the country. Everyone has a story of the times they felt they had no choice but to pay a bribe. Some are open about their experiences with public corruption, like Bhatia the mechanic who said he had to pay 2,500 rupees ($55) so the electricity department in his hometown of Karnal in north India would install a meter in his new house. And Prahalad Shastri, a young activist from Latur in western India, who paid hundreds of rupees to get a passport. “Corruption is everywhere,” said Rajiv Kasewa, an accountant at the protest. “I’m doing this because I have a desire to leave a better India when I leave.”

Accused pirate associate awaits trial The Associated Press NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A man accused of negotiating on behalf of Somali pirates in the deadly hijacking of a U.S. yacht has been indicted on charges he negotiated the ransom for the release of a German tanker and its 22 crew members, the government said Thursday. The accused, Mohammad Saali Shibin, is the biggest catch in the U.S. prosecution of pirates plaguing shipping lanes off the coast of Africa, U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride said outside the federal courthouse in Norfolk. “Mr. Shibin is thought by the United Nations to be one of just a handful of senior pirate negotiators who operate from within Somalia,” MacBride said. Shibin, a 50-year-old laid off oil worker, is multilingual and technologically savvy. Both skills are needed to assess the worth of a hijacked vessel and to negotiate with its owners or family members, MacBride said. “Mr. Shibin is alleged to be among the select few who are entrusted with one of the most

important tasks in Somali piracy — ensuring a ship’s owners pay the maximum amount of ransom possible for the release of a hijacked vessel,” McBride said. The indictment alleges Shibin received $30,000 to $50,000 for securing a ransom for the Marida Marguerite estimated in the millions. MacBride said the ransom paid for the German vessel capped a year in which authorities estimate pirates received $100 million in ransom payments. Pirates used rocket-propelled grenades to hijack the Marida Marguerite off the coast of Africa in May 2010. The ship and its multinational crew were held for seven months until the ransom was negotiated. All 22 crewmembers survived the ordeal. The pirates responsible for the hijacking have not been charged, MacBride said. Shibin is accused of six new charges, including piracy and hostage taking. The superseding indictment, dated Wednesday, includes the Quest’s charges for a total of 15 counts. Shibin is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on the new charges. His attorney did

not immediately respond to a telephone message left by The Associated Press. Shibin has pleaded not guilty in the botched ransom negotiations for the Quest in February. Owners Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif., and friends Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle were killed several days after being taken hostage hundreds of miles south of Oman as the Navy attempted to negotiate their rescue. They were the first U.S. citizens killed in a wave of pirate attacks that have plagued the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean in recent years, despite the international flotilla of warships that patrols the area. According to government court filings, Shibin’s cell phone had auto-alerts to inform him of piracy activity. He also had researched the Adams, apparently to arrive at a ransom request, the filings state.

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‘Blood’ best reserved for vampires Robbie O’Daniel Recruitment Editor In the beginning, the goofy premise of “what if vampires really existed, and a lot of them were all congregated in Louisiana?” felt more like an interesting twist to telling the stories of these people in Louisiana. “True Blood” did not feel like “that vampire show.” It felt like “that show with the weirdos in Louisiana that also has vampires thrown in as a gimmick.” The time spent on the vampires felt like “True Blood” knew it needed to earn its quirkiness by fleshing out characters like Vampire Bill and Sheriff Eric. The exploration into vampire blood actually being addictive to humans felt somewhat plausible as an intriguing trope further into vampire culture. As we dove more into vampire culture, even more great characters resulted. This was in no small part to the excellent acting of many of the supporting characters. Sure, Anna Paquin has never had to flex her acting muscles much in “True Blood,” which might be due to her character being written as vacillating between mooning over a potential love interest to feeling the need to put herself in harm’s way again and again for no particular reason. And Tara is one of the most annoying characters in television, one that I have been begging for the writers to kill since episode one. She comes off as even more ignorant than Sookie because her character so blindly has no direction in life that Tara often goes headlong into conflict with little to no motivation at all. She, then, changes course throughout for no reason either. But Stephen Moyer as Vampire Bill has held the show together at times. He is like the Professor X of “True Blood,” and his mission of having vampires and humans live in harmony together is as compelling here as it is with mutants and humans in the X-Men universe. Alexander Skarsgard has always been the show’s highlight as Eric. He strikes that cool anti-hero vibe, providing a fascinating foil to Bill’s propriety. And the show unearthed interesting characters like the vampire queen of Louisiana (Evan Rachel

Wood) and the vampire king of Mississippi (Denis O’Hare). As silly as it is to introduce a vampire monarchy, Wood’s performance proves that she should only be allowed to play blood-thirsty villains. Wood seemed to revel in the role on-screen with her energy. O’Hare, likewise, came off as a more prim and proper Bill but with much more insidious tendencies. Having those two characters around always presented the possibility of a wild card, so it sucks that they are dead. The show is at its best when it focuses on the people in Louisiana and fleshes out the vampires involved to where they become essentially just people too. But now “True Blood” is fixated on introducing more and more supernatural elements for the sheer shock of it all. The fact that the current season began with a scene or two about the fact that Sookie is now a fairy — and then forgot about fairies completely for the rest of the season thus far — smacks of poor writing. The supposed transformation of Sookie’s brother, Jason, into a were-panther (rather than werewolf, for some reason) was abruptly dropped and not even explained away well. And the current season-long arc around witches and mediums and revenge from the past is just dull because the viewer knows little about the main character involved. It’s all just smoke and mirrors. If that was not enough, “True Blood” has gone out of its way to neuter its greatest strength. Eric got amnesia this season — as if this show did not feel like a soap opera already — thus negating all the edge of Eric’s character so far, all for the singular purpose of allowing fanboys to see Sookie and Eric make love. Sookie, who the viewer is supposed to be rooting for, just comes off as disturbed for preferring a man when he is brain damaged than when he is his true self. Other budding romances, like Jessica and Jason, have even less story to back them up. They are just physical attractions from an artificial connection through vampire blood. How romantic. No, the show is at its best with episodes like when the viewer learned about Bill’s past life or Eric’s maker, Godric. Those were stories with emotion and stakes. “True Blood” would do best to go back to that and forget about witches, mediums, were-panthers, fairies, shifters and so on. And for the love of God, don’t introduce another one next season. — Robby O’Daniel is a graduate student in communications. He can be reached at rodaniel@utk.edu.

SCRAMBLED EGGS • Alex Cline

THE GREAT MASH-UP • Liz Newnam

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Genetically suitable foods extend life Vie w fr om t h e B o t to m by

Wiley Robinson Think about this for a moment: Until recently, there has been nothing resembling a remote scientific consensus on something as fundamental as what people should eat to maintain ideal health. Maddeningly contradictory studies and diets asserting what’s healthy and what isn’t have been around ever since the media realized people cannot help but lend an ear to the promise of losing a few easy pounds — much less to the promise of an objective nutritional truth. Remember on TV, when it seemed like every possible food and drink was attributed with either some lingering disease or obscure nutritional piece of the immortality puzzle, often both? The subject of nutrition has been a constant debate for as long as we’ve had options about what to eat, a miraculous reality that is itself a climax of technological and medical advancement as well as unprecedented bloodshed and destruction since the Agricultural Revolution around 10,000 years ago. Might I also humbly remind you that, as Americans, we find ourselves in the middle of this climax, the eye of the most delicious storm in human history. Perhaps we rage more than anyone about diet because our options, and therefore our margin of error, are the highest. Our rates of obesity, bad mental health and chronic disease seem to correlate. The latter two are now indisputably linked to the predominant American diet of (in order of harmfulness) sugar, salt, cereal grains and saturated fat — all of which are staples of “processed” food, which really means tampered with to save money, full of cheap filler that appeals to our foolish senses and helps shelf life when supply lines are as long as they are. But these staples are equally as prevalent in high quality food considered whole, natural and healthy. Food being fresh and untampered with is important, but how our bodies genetically adapted over the course of our existence happens to be the most dependable dietary reference available. The two most popular and dramatically effective diets that fall under the new dietary paradigm of what we genetically adapted to eat since we were mobile on two feet are The Fat Flush Diet, written by Ann Gittleman, Ph.D., and The Paleo Diet, by Loren Cordain, Ph.D. They’ve both enjoyed huge media endorsements. Achieving sales patterns unheard of in the diet book

publishing industry, as Cordain himself put it, they started off slow and picked up instead of the inevitable flair and fade of fad diets, which are hard to stick with for long either because the research is too extreme and arbitrary or the food itself is branded and proprietary, a la L.A. Weight Loss. The premise for both plans is largely the same: a huge focus on lean, animal-based protein, un-starchy vegetables (starchy vegetables including potatoes, bananas and peas) and fruits; the elimination or near elimination of cereal grains in all forms (bread, cereal, pasta, rice), refined and whole grain alike, because at the end of the day all grains metabolize as sugar and are stored away in places that only intense exercise — an unexaggerated luxury in our time — or diet can burn away; and a general avoidance of dairy, salt and salt containing food, legumes and fatty meats. The universal theme tying these diets together is an avoidance of foods introduced during the Neolithic, when agriculture and animal domestication disseminated globally. The human body is simply not optimized to digest grains, which require tools to digest from their raw forms. Milk from any mammal is not really meant to be consumed passed infancy. Both of these assertions are supported by the fact that there remain many groups of peoples in the world, usually those culturally unexposed to the kind of agriculture we have, that have not developed the physiological tolerances (genetic band-aids) to these new arrivals. Peoples without access to salt in their diet lack heart disease across the board. Two out of every three people are overweight in America, weight being only one obvious indicator of the ravages being done by the foods we aren’t adapted to consume. Commercialism, our loudest and most monied authority on nutrition, maintains itself, as it must, with deception; yet the government, noble mandator of the nutrition fact, has backed the wrong science for decades, ever advocating its most subsidized crops, corn and grain. MyPlate.com replacing the Food Pyramid of Subsidization is a step in the right direction, though it still emphasizes grains and clings to bad science — like linking cholesterol to heart disease. In reality, veins are inflamed by acidic diets high in salt that the body clogs with cholesterol in an exaggerated attempt at repair. Our very culture makes eating right like swimming against a tide, but these diets make it doable. Earlier this summer I lost 25 pounds and melted the beer and pasta “freshman 15” off my waist, a tire a few years in the making, in less than two weeks. — Wiley Robinson is an undecided junior. He can be reached at rrobin23@utk.edu.

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A good friend of mine has worked as an intern at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for a year and a half now. I recently met a few of his coworkers, and in the ensuing small talk I was asked my major. Those of you in the humanities will immediately be able to envision the facial expressions on this group of engineers, racking their brains for a polite response. One finally volunteered that he “never much liked history in high school.” The conversation then turned to computer modeling and radiation prevention, and I realized that once again I had found myself in a position of irrelevance. We humanities majors the world around, particularly literature and history majors, often find ourselves defending the importance of our chosen majors. No, we did not choose to study dead people in an effort to avoid a “difficult” major in college. We firmly believe that in a fast-changing world of new technologies and scientific discoveries, the only constant is the human condition — you can’t possibly understand where we are heading without understanding where we came from. But dealing in the sciences involves a currency of facts and figures, while the humanities’ economic system handles ideas, and reconciling these two currencies is like mixing oil and water. (See? Sometimes humanities majors know science-y things too.) Honestly, it’s sometimes no wonder why people find the humanities dry and pretentious. In an Aug. 5 article in The New York Times about modern literature, the author, Terrence Rafferty, chose as his focal point the advent of zombie literature, writing that “the fleshchompers advance, are repelled, advance again and are repelled again, more or less ad infinitum.” I am not convinced the author himself did not fall victim to these flesh-chomping machines, given the liveliness of his prose. Even in a popularly read publication like the Times, discussions of literature, music or history are written like a peer-reviewed journal article. That, or they follow a form that many authors of popular history

have perfected: writing humorous satires of sweeping eras of history or of renowned writers like Shakespeare. So writing history in any kind of popular forum comes down to a choice of dry and dusty prose or an absolute mockery of the great men and women of the past. If this is the only way to get the public interested in the humanities, then we surely are doomed, because no one has any reason to take us seriously. And this is where, I believe, we in the humanities need to take a page from our peers in science and engineering. No scientist would dream of writing a humorous piece about mononucleotides, nor would she believe that the only way to share her findings was through scholarly academic journals with big words and obscure graphs. I was having this discussion with a friend of mine in microbiology, who told me that all good scientists believe it is their duty to share their findings in an accessible way, because what good is research if it is made so obscure that only a handful can appreciate the advances the research provides? So, my fellow humanities majors, I would propose a paradigm shift in our approach to our research. If we are to prove ourselves relevant in today’s educational systems and in society at large, we can no longer consent to be part of the exclusive clubs that many historians, philosophers and literary scholars have created for themselves. Nor can we reduce our findings to tidbits of humorous trivia accompanied by cartoons of a headless Marie Antoinette. We all believe in our appointed cause — to study how people think, why they did the things they did, how that has changed and where it’s taking us. Few would disagree that in a world this uncertain, such a view is unfounded or unnecessary. Where scholars in the humanities have traditionally fallen short is in applying this view to their findings, and then publishing it in an accessible way. Writing one of a million pieces about “The Great Gatsby” is only of interest if it is clear that there is a new way of reading the book that gives new insight on the human condition. I am not saying it is an easy task to translate literary criticism or historical perspective into layman’s terms. It isn’t. But it is becoming increasingly important to try. We need to swallow our pride and follow the scientists’ example, or we risk becoming not only irrelevant but altogether nonexistent. — Sarah Russell is a junior in history. She can be reached at srusse22@utk.edu.


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Tribute band brings cover songs to Valarium Robby O’Daniel Recruitment Manager According to its website, The Breakfast Club is “the most well-respected, well-traveled, longest-established ’80s music tribute band in the USA.” But it was never supposed to be a permanent thing. Band creator Jerry Finley said the band sprang up simply from owing people money. Finley was a member of an original music band in 1993 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The band broke up, but it still had debts with various people. So Finley and two members of that band, along with another musician, formed a cover band. “We were going to just play covers — random covers — and make our money back,” Finley said. Then Finley came across a television advertisement for an ’80s compilation CD and got an idea. “If folks are looking toward ’80s music as something they want to go back and revisit, this is what we should focus on if we want to try to make money,” he said. The band had to come up with a name that summed up the ’80s as a decade best. “We mulled around a bunch of different ideas,” Finley said. “Basically there was a list of about 100 names on a sheet of paper, everything from music titles to song titles to TV shows, everything that was iconic with the ’80s. And we just kept coming back to ‘The Breakfast Club,’ a quintessential John Hughes movie of the ’80s.” Rejected names included Sixteen Candles, Reaganomics and Rubix Cube. Finley still remembers the band’s first concert in December 1993 at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem. “The only reason we played there was because we had played that venue several times in the previous years with the original music band,” he said. The audience was mostly made up of personal friends and fans of the original music band. It took about six months for the band to find its legs, mostly because an all ’80s cover band at the time was unheard of. “Booking agents hated it, hated the idea, thought it wouldn’t sell,” he said. “Because like I said, nobody had ever done just one decade before. Cover bands did everything from the ’60s to 1993.” And there were concerts where the audience was not understanding what The Breakfast Club was going for, Finley said.

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“People didn’t get it,” he said. “‘They only play ’80s?’ ‘That’s a guy wearing makeup?’” The band was originally only supposed to play for about six months to recoup the money owed, but the original lineup played for a few years. Even still, after a point, every member except Finley left the band. The band began to go through different life cycles. “I found four new guys, and it was a completely different vibe in the band because it was four completely new guys,” he said. “And it worked well for five years, and various members would leave for various reasons: getting married, moving, et cetera.” Finley himself has been in and out of the band about six times, he said, playing everything from bass to drums to keyboard. There have been 22 members of the band in the last 17 years, but Finley finds the current version one of the most professional lineups he’s had. One of those current members is a guitarist known only as DavayRay, who has played with the band for about seven years. He wanted an interesting one-word stage name, like Slash or Sting, and decided to make his e-mail his stage name. But when he tried to sign up for an e-mail as “DaveyRay,” after his real name David Ray, it was already taken. So he spelled it “DavayRay.” “It’s always fun to hear people try to pronounce it that don’t really know me,” DavayRay said. DavayRay and his brother Matt are both in The Breakfast Club. They got their start in music singing in church. “Me and Matt grew up in East Kentucky, and everybody goes to church there,” DavayRay said. “It’s just what everybody does. And we started off, we weren’t even fully grown, but we were singing irregular Baptist tunes. ... It wasn’t a very peppy style of music, but it was just what was acceptable for that particular church.” But some of the hardest rock he played in Kentucky was in those churches, he said. In particular, he remembered a lyricaltered, Christian version of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” called “Highway to Heaven.” The preacher was yelling to crank up the music and bring the young people into the church. “If we can lure them in with some ‘Highway to Heaven’ instead of ‘Highway to Hell,’ you know, but I’m crunching it up just like AC/DC,” he said. An Atlanta Institute of Music alumnus, DavayRay’s last band

was an ’80s hard rock outfit called Mad Margaret, with which DavayRay got to open for some of his guitar heroes in bands like White Snake and Poison. As DavayRay leans more toward the harder rock of the ’80s, Finley loves the synth-pop of the era. “That actually really helps make up the whole group,” Finley said. “We all have our own individual styles we bring to the group, backgrounds in music, likes and dislikes, and that really helps to round out the whole ’80s.” DavayRay said he knows the songs from growing up with them. “I actually was playing these songs as Top 40 hits during the ’80s,” he said. “That’s how I know them so well. I have no excuses. If I suck, I just suck. I know the songs.” When The Breakfast Club first began, it zeroed in on the top 10 or top 20 Billboard hits of the era, but the band has strayed from that narrow formula. “In the last five to eight years, basically it’s been fan requests,” Finley said. “People write in to the website or talk to us at certain shows.” And what is a hit at shows can surprise the band. Both Finley and DavayRay identified Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” as a hit at concerts. “‘Jessie’s Girl,’ I don’t think it was a big chart-topper, but it’s one of the most requested songs we do now,” Finley said. “‘Come on Eileen’ was not a chart-topper. It was kind of an MTV staple for a while, but it’s one of the bigger songs we play.” With other songs like Eddie Money’s “Take Me Home Tonight,” DavayRay says people get angry if the band does not play it. But then iconic ’80s bands like Duran Duran are rarely requested. Ultimately it comes down to whether the songs are crowd pleasers or not. Both DavayRay and Finley do not particularly like Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine,” but fans love it. DavayRay and Finley are looking forward to playing at the band’s Knoxville show at The Valarium on Friday, in particular. “Tennessee, in general, pretty much everywhere we play, especially central-eastern Tennessee, is always great,” DavayRay said. “It has a lot to do with the fans, the people that come to the show. At The Valarium, it’s set up for a live band. A lot of national acts play there. And I feel lucky to play on such a great stage.”

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Knoxville group defends environment UMD members bring personal interest to environmental cause meeting with the community on Aug. 22 hoping to organize two days a month where UMD would go to Davis Creek and Members of environmentalist groups do projects around the area with its citioften have a variety of reasons for actively zens. “It’s all about relationship-building,” participating in their cause, some of which include wanting to help the environment, member Margaret Fetzer said. “That’s improve energy resources or simply make where we make the biggest impact.” All of the groups that the UMD become an impact on the world. For the Knoxvilleinvolved with serve to inspire its members. based United Mountain Defense (UMD) group, the issues hit a little closer to home. For them, these issues are personal. It is “I came to the meeting because I am fed their hometown, their state that is being up with the way these companies are treat- destroyed. “I grew up in these mountains,” Fetzer ing us,” Ivonne Belcher, first-time meeting said. “Playing in and exploring the Great attendee and Greene County resident, said. “They are putting a plant within a Smoky Mountains as a child gave me strong ties to them thousand yards of as an adult.” my house.” Longtime “They” are U.S. Appalachia resiNitrogen LLC, a dent and UMD subsidiary of Austin member Whitney Powder, which proDavidson brings vides explosives for another element to mountaintop removal the table: her job in order to get to the and expertise. coal underneath. The Davidson is both a company chose the paralegal and an Greene County area, environmentalist, about 80 miles east and she uses her of Knoxville, for its skills to help fight next ammonia plant, the government, making Greene TVA and other County another groups from a legal Appalachian area – Margaret Fetzer, UMD member, standpoint. impacted by big on her connection to the Great “A lot of times industry. For some Smoky Mountains these small-town UMD members, the citizens don’t have cost is high. the resources or “I live in Greene technology to do what they have to do to County and truly care about our community,” participant Brad Lowe said. “I don’t solve these problems,” Davidson said. like the idea of such a dangerous plant “That’s where I hope to help.” UMD is always working on new projbeing put in such close proximity to our ects, and there are many ways UT students children.” and faculty can get involved. The The Greene County ammonia plant is only one of the many issues UMD becomes Appalachian Public Interest Environmental involved with. Their purpose is to provide Law (APIEL) conference, of which UMD is organization and assistance to the main sponsor, will be held Oct. 20-25 Appalachian community groups who want in Knoxville. There will be many workto fight against mountaintop removal and shops to educate people on the issues affecting the Appalachian Mountains and the dangers it poses to the environment. Currently, the group is interested in communities. Anyone interested in environmental forming a partnership with the Davis issues and looking to get involved in UMD Creek community in Campbell County. is welcome to attend the weekly meetings Eagan, where Davis Creek is located, is facing major mountaintop removal, along at 7 p.m. at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria with other environmental threats. UMD is in the Old City.

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Metro Pulse celebrates anniversary Will Abrams Copy Editor For all the talent a band may have, sometimes making it big requires a little assistance from outside resources. While this assistance may come in many shapes and sizes, Metro Pulse is one resource that has helped many Knoxville musicians get the word out about upcoming shows and album releases, among other things. The weekly publication, which features articles, announcements and reviews, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary Friday, Aug. 19 with a concert series called 20Fest that features nearly 40 local acts. “In 1991, when Metro Pulse started, the idea of writing about the bands that were playing at clubs on the strip seemed kind of silly,” Matt Everett, arts and entertainment editor for Metro Pulse, said. “Nobody was doing it or had really done it before except for a few zines.” Given the wide range of acts that call Knoxville “home,” event organizers took into consideration certain venues and different acts to properly capture the majority of the city’s sound. The celebratory series will use 10 venues within a reasonable walking distance, including the Square Room, Barley’s and Pilot Light, so that music lovers can more easily travel to different locations and see a variety of acts. Among the bands that one can hope to see Friday night are Plainclothes Tracy, Hey OK Fantastic and Tim Lee 3. “Some of these bands have been together since before Metro Pulse was around and some of them have been together for a year or less,” Everett said. “We’re trying to represent the last 20 years of Knoxville music.” One of the biggest tasks in organizing the festival has been finding locations that have not only contributed to the Knoxville music scene, but fit the musicians who will be playing them as well. While certain venues may be more popular than others throughout the year, all play an important part to the Knoxville music scene. Morelock Music, located on Gay Street, is one such establishment. “We were the first music store to open downtown in 20 years,” store owner Matt Morelock said. “We serve a wide variety of local musicians and music students, as well as being a good place to stop in for touring musicians.” Although his store is being used as a venue, Morelock will Jake Wheeler • The Daily Beacon be helping out in other ways as well. Namely, he will be taking Max Crabtree, junior in pharmacy, accepts a coupon book from Alex Moore, junior in child psycology, the stage at Morelock Music Friday night to share some of his on the Pedestrian Mall on Aug. 16. own musical talent. The store owner is just one of the local acts that will be featured on the Knoxville-only band list. “This concert series is the broadest variety and scope of a local music event in the history of the city,” Morelock said. “There’s so many bands, and all of them are Knoxville bands.” Although it will be Metro Pulse’s birthday celebration, proceeds will be given to the Joy of Music School. The nonprofit organization helps future generations of musicians by providing free music lessons for children who are less fortunate. Metro Pulse’s 20Fest kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Square Room with a performance by Jack Rentfro and the Apocalypso Quartet and runs through the early morning hours of Saturday. Wristbands get access to all venues and can be purchased for $10 at any of the 10 concert locations.


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Vols baseball announces 2012 schedule Amateurism missing in NCAA sports (18-37) at 3 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 28. The Vols will later return to MTSU on May 15. Following its trip to MinuteMaid Park, home The Tennessee baseball program announced of the Houston Astros, Tennessee will return to the full schedule for the 2012 campaign, its first Rocky Top for a mid-week matchups with Ball under head coach Dave Serrano, on Wednesday. State (15-35) on Wed., March 7 and Tennessee Highlighting the slate are 26 games against a total Tech (25-29) on Tues., March 13, sandwiched of 10 teams that made the NCAA Tournament around a weekend series versus Louisiana last year, including home sets against Seton Hall, Monroe (24-30), March 9-11. UT will then open Southeastern Conference Alabama, Florida, Vanderbilt and Arkansas. “We came out pretty good,” Serrano said. “I play on the road at Georgia, March 16-18. The feel we will be challenged and have a good bal- Orange and White will later host weekend series ance of home and away games. I’m excited. We against Kentucky, Alabama, College World Series want to find out about our team, so we want to participants Florida and Vanderbilt, and challenge our team each and every weekend and Arkansas. Tennessee’s conference road schedule will in mid-week games so that we can learn some include trips to two-time defending national things about them champion South and be able to preCarolina, pare them to be sucMississippi State, cessful in the SEC.” Auburn and Ole The Volunteers Miss. The Vols will play a total of 34 will not play LSU games in the friendly during the 2012 confines of the recentregular season. ly renovated Lindsey Rounding out Nelson Stadium, the schedule are a including the first number of talenteight contests of the ed non-conferseason, before makence foes. UT ing the trek to the will host Florida Lone Star State for International (40their second appear20) on March 21 ance in the 2012 and Austin Peay Houston College (34-24) on April Classic at Minute 24, in addition to Maid Park. playing two While the schedule games against for the tournament Mississippi has yet to be finalValley State (18ized, the field will 36) March 27-28. include hometown The Vols are also teams Rice and slated to take part Houston, along with in home-andTexas, Texas Tech Matthew DeMaria• The Daily Beacon home series with and Arkansas. “I’m excited to go The baseball team stands in the dugout while play- both Memphis April to (the Houston ing against USC on April 9. The schedule was (30-27; College Classic) and announced with the home opener against Northern 4/May 9) and play in that ballpark,” Illinois on Feb. 17, then first SEC play at Georgia on East Tennessee State (36-21; Serrano said. “I’ve March 16. April 11/April heard it is run firstclass and I will be excited to take our players and 18). The 2011 SEC Tournament, which features the our team into that atmosphere and be challenged league’s top eight finishers in the regular season, by some of the better teams in the country.” Fans of the Orange and White will get their is set for May 23-27 at Regions Park in Hoover, first chance to see their favorite team in action Ala. NCAA Regional action takes place June 1-4, against Northern Illinois (30-27) in the opening followed by NCAA Super Regional play, June 8weekend of play, Feb. 17-19. The Vols will then 11. The NCAA College World Series will return to welcome former UT player and first-year head coach at Western Kentucky (33-24) Matt Myers Ameritrade Stadium in downtown Omaha, Neb., back to Rocky Top for a 3 p.m. contest on Tues., for the second time, June 15-26. Tennessee has made four previous appearances at the College Feb. 21. The Big Orange will close out its season-open- World Series (1951, 1995, 2001 and 2005). For the most up-to-date information on ing homestand with a three-game set against Big East foe Seton Hall (34-25), Feb. 24-26, and a Tennessee baseball, visit UTSports.com or follow mid-week tilt against Middle Tennessee State @Vol_Baseball on Twitter.

Staff Reports

Clay Seal Assistant Sports Editor

University of Miami athletics booster Nevin Shapiro gave prostitutes, parties, bling and cash to dozens of players. Terrelle Pryor was somehow granted eligibility in the NFL Supplemental Draft and will probably avoid any consequences from selling his sportsmanship memorabilia at Ohio State. Reggie Bush and his family got money, a car and even a house, eventually leading to USC giving up a national championship. Not that this is breaking news, but college athletics are in a really bad place right now. Even a private, Christian Delaware high school football team is trying to “offer aid for athletic purposes,” according to a recent USA Today article. The school wants to forgo opportunities to play for a state championship in order to play higher-profile schools and give themselves a national profile. The school says the main reason for this radical idea is to “impact the country spiritually,” the school superintendent said. I might have believed that a few decades ago, but not today. So, I’ll be one more voice that asks, where have my amateur college sports gone? The truest — and maybe the only remaining — form of amateurism in college athletics nowadays is on the intramural fields. They can still boast the young adults who aren’t getting scholarships or free adidas gear, who are probably going to be hurting for a few days after they play because they haven’t done more physical activity than take an elevator

down to their dorm’s convenience store to buy some M&Ms, Cheetos and a Red Bull. They still play, however, to enjoy the camaraderie, competition and physical activity they sought, whether they knew it or not, ever since they were in elementary school. I’m sincerely afraid that if I ever have a kid who’s decent at sports, I’m going to have to toss a football with him in the backyard late at night just so I’m not bothered by boosters or recruiters. I just remember kicking a soccer ball against my garage door for hundreds of hours as a kid, running so hard I’d throw up at summer workouts, and spending Saturday mornings in the batting cages at the arcade, with college glory as one of those things that was never going to happen, but would have been pretty darn sweet if it had. I don’t think money ever once crossed my mind during dreams of athletic stardom. Those seem to be days of the past. And if you think hardcore corruption only involves Division I men’s football and basketball programs, you’d be mistaken. The NCAA has doled out the infamous Death Penalty to three different programs. One was the highly publicized Southern Methodist University’s powerhouse football program in the late 1980s. The other two, though, were a Division II soccer team and a Division III tennis team for Cam Newton-esque scandals. Bottom line is that this stuff is everywhere in college sports. It’s sad to say, but crooked operations may even go on at NAIA schools. I guess I know what’s happened to my amateur sports. Money. Greed. The same things that corrupt everything else in the world. The question I really have is, will we ever see them again?

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